SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Golden Kite Award

 

Golden Kite Award

 

Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. More than 1,000 books are entered each year. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literature in seven categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers, Nonfiction Text for Older Readers, Picture Book Text, Picture Book Illustration, and Illustration for Older Readers. 

 

The winner in each category will receive $2,500 plus an additional $1,000 to donate to a non-profit organization of their choice. And each honor winner will receive $500 plus an additional $250 to donate.

 

SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.

 

SUBMISSIONS OPEN. Deadline for PAL books published between January-June 2021 is July 15, 2021.

 


 

View 2021 Golden Kite Award Winners

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

 

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2022 AWARDS WILL OPEN IN TWO WAVES:  

For PAL books published between January – June 2021: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS JULY 15.
For PAL books published between July – December 2021: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS DECEMBER 15.

 

  • Authors/illustrators must be a current member through December 2021 to have a book submitted to the Golden Kite Awards.
  • Only books written or translated into English are accepted.
  • Books must be published by PAL publishers.
  • Please submit FOUR copies of your book. All submissions MUST BE in completed, bound form. NO GALLEYS.
  • Categories include:  
    • Picture Book Text
    • Picture Book Illustration
    • Illustrated Books for Older Readers (includes graphic novels, fiction, and nonfiction for middle grade and young adult illustrated books)
    • Middle Grade
    • Young Adult
    • Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers
    • Nonfiction Text for Older Readers
  • You may submit your book to ONE category only, except in the case of Picture Book Text,  Picture Book Illustration, and Illustrated Books for Older Readers. For example, you may submit to Illustrated Books for Older Readers for the illustrator, and the same book can be submitted for the Middle Grade award for the author. However, both the author and the illustrator must be current members. If you are mailing these entries to the SCBWI office, please submit 8 copies of the book.
  • The book submitted must be published in 2021.
  • Individuals and Publishers can submit for the Golden Kites. 
  • Self-published books are not eligible, however, you may enter your book in the Spark Award.
  • One Golden Kite Award Winner and Honor book will be chosen per category. Winning books will be included in a press release, an announcement on the SCBWI website and social, and will receive gold stickers for their books.
  • Although SCBWI Board members are eligible to enter their books in the Golden Kite, the Board members have decided that should any of them win, they will donate the prize money to a non-profit organization of their choice.
  • Winners and publishing houses will be notified in January 2022.

 

Guidelines for publishers will be emailed directly. Individuals, please mail four copies of each book (four per category) to: 

SCBWI 
6363 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 425 
Los Angeles, CA 90048 

 

Questions? Please email Golden Kite Coordinator, Bonnie Bader at bonniebader@scbwi.org.

 

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